HIPAA Highlights for Social Workers

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability of Act (HIPAA) of 1996 has generated several sets of federal regulations applicable to mental health and health care practitioners, including social workers. NASW has analyzed HIPAA’s medical privacy regulations in context with the NASW Code of Ethics, highlighted key issues, and interpreted the regulations for clinical social work practice to assist members in meeting their regulatory responsibilities under HIPAA.

NASW has provided members with a wealth of information and resources on HIPAA as it relates to social work practice. These include a set of online HIPAA forms, office policies, and sample documents that can be adapted to an individual social workers’ clinical practice settings; federal government agency resources; practice updates; and Legal Issue of the Month articles. NASW has consolidated this information into this one easy access point for information about HIPAA for social workers.

NASW Toolkit

The NASW HIPAA Toolkit contains a comprehensive compilation of sample policies and forms necessary for HIPAA compliance that can be adapted to a specific social work practice setting.

Training Programs

NASW/Medelearn offers courses that provide an overview of the amended federal HIPAA regulations that went into effect as of 2013 for most healthcare entities, including many social workers.

Resource Library

NASW offers a wealth of HIPAA information on its webpage from various sources.

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